Definition of Turnsole

1. n. A plant of the genus Heliotropium; heliotrope; -- so named because its flowers are supposed to turn toward the sun.



Definition of Turnsole

1. Noun. A purple dye obtained from ''Chrozophora tinctoria''. ¹

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Definition of Turnsole

1. a plant that turns with the sun [n -S]

Medical Definition of Turnsole

1. 1. A plant of the genus Heliotropium; heliotrope; so named because its flowers are supposed to turn toward the sun. The sunflower. A kind of spurge (Euphorbia Helioscopia). The euphorbiaceous plant Chrozophora tinctoria. 2. Litmus. A purple dye obtained from the plant turnsole. See def. 1 . Origin: F. Tournesol, It. Tornasole; tornare to turn (LL. Tornare) + sole the sun, L. Sol. See Turn, Solar, and cf. Heliotrope Alternative forms: turnsol. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turnsole

turns in one's grave
turns into
turns loose
turns off
turns on
turns out
turns over
turns over a new leaf
turns the frown upside down
turns up
turnscrew
turnscrews
turnsick
turnskin
turnskins
turnsole (current term)
turnsoles
turnspit
turnspits
turnstile
turnstile attendance
turnstiles
turnstone
turnstones
turnt
turntable
turntabled
turntables
turntabling
turntablism

Literary usage of Turnsole

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1. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"turnsole. See HELIOTROPE. TURNSPIT. See TERRIER. TURNSTONE, a wading bird of the oyster- catcher family ..."

2. American Edition of the British Encyclopedia: Or, Dictionary of Arts and ...by William Nicholson by William Nicholson (1819)
"It reddens the tincture of turnsole, and therefore contains an acid. Muriate of barytes causes a very abundant precipitate, which renders it probable that ..."

3. Tait's Edinburgh Magazine by William Tait, Christian Isobel Johnstone (1853)
"Oak-bark, elder, Brazil wood, privet, beet, and turnsole (adds Mr. Redding), are all used in making fictitious port wine. The conclusions which may be drawn ..."

4. A Practical Treatise on Dyeing and Calico-printing; Including the Latest by Edward Andrew Parnell, Robert Macfarlane (1860)
"... or Red Saunders-wood—Sapan-wood—Sumach—Turmeric — turnsole—Weld— Woad—Extracting Coloring Matter from ..."

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